Ukraine asks Apple to stop product sales and access to App Store in Russia
Mykhailo Fedorov, the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, wrote a letter to Tim Cook, asking Apple to block access to the App Store and stop all sales of devices in Russia.
In Fedorov’s letter, he asks Apple to help him stop providing all Apple services and products to Russian users due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
I appeal to you and I am sure that you will not only hear, but also that you will do everything in your power to protect Ukraine, Europe and, ultimately, the entire democratic world from bloody aggression authoritarian – to stop providing Apple services and products to the Russian Federation, including blocking access to the App Store!
We are sure that such actions will motivate the youth and working population of Russia to proactively stop shameful military aggression.
Apple operates a dedicated website in Russia allowing users to purchase iPhones, iPads, Macs and other devices sold by the company. And of course there is a separate Russian App Store.
US President Joe Biden has already imposed new sanctions in Russia which aim to prevent companies from exporting certain products to Russia. However, at the moment Apple does not seem to be impacted as it still currently sells products and services in Russia.
Cook tweeted yesterday that he is “deeply concerned” about the situation in Ukraine. He says Apple will “support local humanitarian efforts.”
The sanctions put in place by President Biden may not have affected Apple in terms of the sale of products and services, but they have had an impact on Apple Pay. Business Intern reported that five of Russia’s major banks cannot use Apple Pay or Google Pay at this time.